Northeast Christian Men's Retreats
Invented by Michael Grimm (picture at right). 
Serving men all over the Northeastern Part of America. 
Aiming to grow and bring Christian Men together from all Christian backgrounds.
This in answer to our Lords final prayer before the cross that 
"they would all be one".  
It is an open and free expression of our faith for those mature enough.
June 29, 2020

Brother,

I hope and pray all is well with you and your family today.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing."               - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Let me add a little Bible Study before the devotional today. Whenever we see the word "therefore" in the Bible, we should ask what is the therefore there for. There is always a reason a verse starts with the word therefore. In this verse the therefore is there for a couple of reasons. The therefore is because we are not like those who don't know Christ. We are different. We are set apart. That is why we encourage each other. That is why we build each other up. The other reason the "therefore" is there for is because we have received salvation and we know who we are in Him, so we should encourage one another and build one another up.

Now that we understand the context, how exactly do we do that? Sounds like the Thessalonians were pretty good at it and Paul in effect is just encouraging them to keep up the good work. He is actually modelling how to build one another up as he is asking them to continue doing so. I think this is brilliant. He is saying, "keep up the good work, you are doing a good job." This is always so encouraging. Don't we all  love to hear we are doing a good job? Some of us are really good at encouraging and building up. Others of us have no concept whatsoever how or why we should do that. Most of us could do a much better job of it. I am sure we don't have ever heard anyone say they had received too much encouragement or that they had been built up too much. We live in tenuous times with many distractions, in a world that does not support our faith walk or belief in Christ very much. We ALL need encouragement. 

Only problem is, there are more people who need encouraging than there are people to encourage them. Let us try to encourage everyone we know and those we don't know with a few closing words - God loves all of us, He sincerely does. He is there for all of us. He cares. He is listening. He is there for you. He wants to wrap us up in His arms and encourage us that it is going to be ok. Not only that, He wants to build us up. He wants to strengthen us, especially in those places where we feel weak. His desire is for us to have all that is possible for us. Seek Him today, and if we oossibly can, encourage one another even more. We live in a world that has a lot of technology.  We all have cell phones that we can call or text one another. Most of us have computers or iPad so we can email one another. There is no better feeling than I was thinking and praying for you text, email or phone call.  I could list all excuses here but that would make this devotional way to long.  If God lays on your heart someone that you are to act.   

Let's all not just be hearers of His words but doers of His words. Remember an encourager is a person who is willing to put their own money, resources, time, or concerns aside in the interest of others. A person who is aware of another’s needs and is willing to do soemthing to help them. When we help another we are encouraging them.

Please join me in prayer, You are our King, our Savior, our Healer, our Redeemer. Without You, there is nothing. Thank you for your love and mercy, for the opportunity to worship and sing praise to Your Holy Kingdom. Forgive our sins Father. Help us to see the stake in our eyes clearer than the speck in others. Help us to lift others up, as you have lifted us up. Help us to show kindness and mercy, just as you show kindness and mercy to each is us. May Your Holy Spirit shine bright and Your Father’s work be done. Remove all the obstacles and excuses in our life that prevents us from reaching out to our Brothers in Christ. We ask all of this in Your Holy and Precious Name - AMEN.
Have a Blessed day and week. 

Please stay safe and strong out there today, tomorrow and always.

Always remember I am there for you in thought, prayer and action - 24x7.

Have a blessed day and week.

Love Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Michael
215-272-2740

PS.  Due to the Holiday weekend - There will be NO teleconference call on Thursday night of this week but if you need a phone number or email of a Brother to connect with, please let me know. It's an awesome blessing to talk, share, as pray with other Brothers.
June 22, 2020

Brother,

I hope and pray all is well with you and your family today.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Think of a time in our life when we acted impulsively and came to regret it? Maybe we bought a car on impulse and were sorry afterward. Maybe it was that contract we signed without reading it carefully. Maybe it was that business deal we entered into that we should have taken more time to consider. Whatever the decision we may have been, we regretted it later.

We have to discover that God's timing is just as important as God's will. In fact, the Bible talks a lot about timing.

The Bible does not say it is going to be easy, only that we have to do it.  We to pray for patience almost every day because patiently waiting does not come easily to us.
Although the more we patiently wait, the more we pray, the more we learn to trust God and trust His timing, the easier it gets.

God wants us to have an abundant life and answer our prayers, yet He does so in His ways and His timing. Learning to trust God’s timing means praying for patience, embracing the season you are in, and following His Word. While also trusting that God wants the best for us and knows all we need before we do.

In life, there are moments where trusting God’s timing feels like an extreme sport. However, please believe that everything happens for a reason and no matter what we may go through, God is always present. In a time where it’s so easy to be riddled by uncertainty, something we can all be sure of is that everything in life happens when it is meant to. As believers, we often find that life is so much more fulfilling when we accept that the creator’s time is best.

We will all be subjected to times where our faith will be tested. In a world that’s obsessed with highlighting achievements and minimizing lows, it is easy for some (if not most) of us to feel like we’ve been left out (and social media has done nothing to help these feelings too). Setting timelines can leave us feeling physically and mentally drained, as we embark on what seems like a endless ordeal to ‘keep up with the Joneses’. I’m sure many of us can testify to feeling like God hasn’t heard our prayer requests, but the truth is if He is making us wait, it’s only a matter of time God causes things to happen at exactly the right time.

Our job is not to figure out when, but to make up our mind that we won't give up until we cross the finish line and are living in the radical, outrageous blessings of God. The more we trust Jesus and keep our eyes focused on Him, the more we will get closer to HIM. Trusting God brings life. Believing brings rest. So we need to stop trying to figure everything out, and let God be God in our life.

God gives us hopes and dreams for certain things to happen in our lives, but He doesn't always allow us to see the exact timing of His plan. Although frustrating, not knowing the exact timing is often what keeps us in the program. There are times when we might give up if we knew how long it was going to take, but when we accept God's timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems. We know that God's plan for our lives is good, and when we entrust ourselves to Him, we can experience total peace and happiness.

Please join me in prayer, Father we thank You that You will answer our prayers in Your perfect timing. Reveal what is in our heart, and make us ready to handle the answer in the right way when it comes. Help us to pray by faith consistently and long-term, to believe, wait, and then move forward in Your timing. Help us to be patient in prayer, not give up, and trust You even during moments when we feel negative emotions. We don’t want to live by feelings but by faith. Help us not to take matters in our own hands. We choose to trust you, and werefuse to believe the lies of the enemy. Deepen our understanding, and give us a greater knowledge of what You are doing in our life. We thank You that You have all wisdom and will answer our prayers in the perfect way. We ask all of this in Your Holy and Precious Name - AMEN.

Have a Blessed day and week. 

Please stay safe and strong out there today, tomorrow and always.

Always remember I am there for you in thought, prayer and action - 24x7.

Have a blessed day and week.

Love Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Michael
215-272-2740

PS. We will once again have a teleconference call on Thursday, 6/25 at 7:00 pm.  This is call is open to Everyone.  It's been an awesome blessing to talk, share, encourage and pray with other Brothers.

Below are the details. Join your Brothers from all over the world  as we all strive to get closer to HIM and to each other and become BETTER men of God today, tomorrow and always.

Participant Instructions

Provide your dial-in number (701) 802-5357  and access code 792205 #

Host Instructions
Dial your dial-in number (701) 802-5357.
When prompted, enter the access code 792205 followed by pound or hash (#).
Press star (⋆) to enter the host PIN 9564 followed by pound or hash (#).
Tip: Dial *9 and 1 to record your call. Dial *9 again and 1 to stop recording.
Due to the Covid-19 threat, the Northeast Christian Men's Retreat has been
postponed until November. Details to follow.